College Football Picks: Georgia Tech vs. BYU

Steven Suarez

Friday, October 11, 2013 1:24 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 1:24 PM UTC

Georgia Tech tries to get back on track after consecutive losses, but it's not going to be a walk in the park at BYU. What are the college football odds makers having to say about this matchup?

Odds Overview

This game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, with kickoff slated for 7:00 PM EST.

As of now, the Cougars are favored by a touchdown at practically every online sportsbook, while the total ranges from 53.5 to 54.5. Meanwhile, both teams have gone 3-2 ATS on the season.


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech will take a 3-2 SU record into this weekend's road tilt. They've beaten Elon (70-0), Duke (38-14), and North Carolina (28-20), but have fallen to Virginia Tech (17-10) and Miami (FL) in consecutive weeks.

The Yellow Jackets held their own for over three quarters against the Hurricanes last week, but ultimately fell short in a 45-30 loss on the road.

Despite gaining 401 yards of total offense and holding the ball for close to 36 minutes, Georgia's Tech defense really let them down. Miami racked up 551 total yards, with 324 coming through the air and 227 coming in the ground game. It wasn't pretty.

There were only a couple positives to take out of the loss. For one, the Yellow Jackets again had a lot of success running the ball – they ended up with 335 yards and four touchdowns on 62 carries, with David Sims leading the way with 77 yards and two scores.

Secondly, Georgia Tech was opportunistic defensively, forcing four Miami turnovers. But they still weren't able to stop QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson from making big play after big play, which caused their demise in the end.

BYU Cougars

Fresh off two straight wins, the Cougars aim to make it three in a row when then play the role of hosts this weekend.

Last Friday, BYU went into Utah State and won 31-14, smashing the college football odds in the process as six-point underdogs. 

QB Taysom Hill and WR Mitch Mathews were dominant in the win. Hill was 17-of-31 for 278 yards and three touchdowns, with all three scores going to Mathews, who had five catches for 112 yards in the victory.

Though BYU's already lost twice this season, they've struck a nice balance, ranking #22 in total defense and #26 in total offense. They're rushing for 277.8 yards per game, which puts them at #11 in the country in that category, and they've in the top 40 in both run and pass defense. 

To stop Georgia Tech on Saturday, the Cougars will need to be at their best in the trenches. They've done well in that regard over the last couple of weeks and we'll see soon enough if they can keep it going.

Take a look at SBR's College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 6.

College Football Pick 

So we all should know by now that the Yellow Jackets are going to try and control the tempo by running the ball as much as possible. Ditto for the Cougars, who have also been one of the nation's most productive rushing teams so far.

When you toss in the fact both defenses are ranked in the top 25 (total defense), we see the makings of a relatively low-scoring game on Saturday night.

Considering you don't really know which BYU team is going to show up, it's hard to have faith in them winning by eight or more here. They've looked very good in home wins over Texas and MTSU, but have also lost to Utah on their own field.

We'll therefore be siding with a total play, while adding the UNDER 54 to our college football picks.

Pick: UNDER 54.5

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